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Team's Alka-Seltzer rocket breaks Guinness World Record

By Ben Hooper
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Team's Alka-Seltzer rocket breaks Guinness World Record
A team from Brigham Young University broke a Guinness record when their Alka-Seltzer powered rocket soared to 883 feet. Photo courtesy of Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge

Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A team from Brigham Young University broke a Guinness World Record when their Alka-Seltzer powered rocket soared to an altitude of 883 feet.

The BYU High Altitude Team, participating in the Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, more than doubled the altitude record set by the University of Minnesota team last year.

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The challenge calls on teams to build rockets from supplies such as 35 mm film canisters and powered by the chemical reaction of Alka-Seltzer tablets and water.

The competition was created by Bayer, the maker of Alka-Seltzer, as a means of encouraging a new generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.

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